Michael Schumacher – Five Sound Installations
(Experimental Intermedia XI 133)
NYC composer Michael Schumacher specializes in sound installations. It’s not all he does, but he sure has realised a lot more than a few of them. I’ve experienced his sound enviroments around NYC at the Kitchen, MELA Foundation/Dream House, Experimental Intermedia and he’s done even more at his own Studio V Beekman and Diapason. Previous CD realizations of the installations featured only the results of his computer programing/rule based composition, on this DVD is the same kind of program that runs the installations. This DVD must be installed on your computer to be heard, I used my Windows XP machine, although it can also be installed on a Mac. Included with the programming is a runtime version of Max/MSP. Once the program opens, a window pops open where I could set up my computers audio – the type of audio card/interface on my machine and two or more channels of sound. Once I selected one of the five compositions, I could control the volume through the software and I’m off to the races. Each work has a varied collection of samples…synthesizers, acoustic instruments, voices, city life, country life, conversations, auctions, water, mysterious unidentifiable sounds and so on that pop up and move around in the sound field. An unending collage of sound can now be experienced in the privacy of your own home.
Originally published in the Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter.